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Frequently Asked Dental Questions

Just about all of our patients have a question about an aspect of oral health. But they don’t ask. They think we’re too busy. Or they’re afraid of appearing dumb. So their question goes unasked and unanswered. We collected one of the most frequently thought-about questions and posted the answer here. We’ll tackle other unasked […]

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Decoding the Language of Dentists

Every profession and discipline has its own unique language. Dentistry is no exception. We try to use plain language in our patient explanations. But sometimes we fail. Here are some of the terms you may have heard us use and their meanings. Abutment: A tooth on either side of a missing tooth that supports a […]

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What’s Involved In an Oral Exam?

There’s a lot more going on than meets the eye when you make a routine visit for an examination and cleaning. And while every practice may use a different procedure, the outcome is what matters. Most visits begin with a quick history. What’s different? What medications are you taking? Do you have any concerns about […]

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Four Types of Teeth

Our teeth are the hardest substances in our body. Besides being the first step in the digestive process, our teeth play an important role in our ability to speak. We have four different types of teeth. Each type serves a particular purpose for eating and chewing. Incisors— Most adults normally have eight incisors (four upper, […]

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5 Myths About Teeth Whitening

If you’re looking to achieve a gleaming photo-worthy smile in 2019, whitening is one of the best ways to do just that. With a number of whitening products on the market from gels and mouthwashes to strips and kits, it can be challenging to know which way to go. To help, here are some myths […]

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Dry Mouth While You Sleep? Here’s How to Stop It

If you find yourself waking up with a mouth that feels like sand paper, you’re not alone. In fact, millions of people across the globe deal with dry mouth while sleeping, and there are a number of causes. So, what can you do to combat this uncomfortable issue? Let’s dive into the causes first. Causes […]

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Pucker Power

What does your toothpaste have in common with the tannins in red grapes, certain berries, citrus fruit skins and vinegar? They all cause a dry or puckering mouth feel. This can range from sour or bitter to sharply caustic. These chemicals are often referred to as an astringent. Besides ingredients to clean our teeth and […]

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Are You One of the 30-Percenters?

Flossing has long been considered an important ritual to maintain optimum oral hygiene. However, experts observe that only about 30 percent of us floss on a daily basis. Those who don’t floss conveniently point to studies that show little scientific evidence that flossing makes a difference. Yet, common sense suggests that disturbing the bacteria and […]

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3 Signs Your Wisdom Teeth Need To Go

Your third set of molars, known as wisdom teeth, typically erupt between the ages of 17 and 25. Unfortunately, they’re not always needed—and can cause more trouble than they’re worth. This is why it’s important to visit our practice if you begin to notice any of the following signs—if so, it could mean that it’s […]

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Five Common Ways to Damage Your Teeth

By now, most of us know that forgetting to brush or floss regularly is an invitation for oral health problems. But those aren’t the only things that can harm your teeth and gums. Consider whether or not you’re guilty of the following—if so, now is the time to put more effort into your oral hygiene. […]

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